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ex-Megadeth band unveils new name, label, music

Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:13 AM PT

Official press release:

Upon exiting the ranks of Megadeth, the world eagerly awaited news as to what was next for Chris Broderick (guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums). The duo are now excited to announce their worldwide signing to Metal Blade Records for their new group Act Of Defiance, which is rounded out by Henry Derek (ex-Scar The Martyr) on vocals and Matt Bachand (Shadows Fall) on bass. They are currently recording their debut offering with world renowned producer Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Shadows Fall). Look for this album to be released sometime this summer. However, in the meantime, look below for a sneak peek into a rough demo snippet of the track "Throwback."

Broderick states: "I am so excited to finally be able to announce Act Of Defiance to the world. Shawn just finished tracking drums the first week of February and his performance and tones are simply incredible. I have started tracking rhythms and leads, as well as working with Henry to get final vocal takes while Matt will record bass at his studio. The final mix and mastering will also be handled by Zeuss.

"I am also very honored to announce that we have signed with Metal Blade Records. There is not a better label to be on than one where the employees (and owner) still understand and listen to METAL! They have shown a loyalty, backing and drive for their artists that few other labels have. As for our music, I am really enjoying the ability to create what is a killer mix of thrash and modern metal. It has a unique combination ranging from thrash to classical influences. I am very proud of what we have written and hope that you all dig it."

Drover adds: "Having our new band, Act Of Defiance, sign with Metal Blade Records is a real thrill for me. I started my musical career with Brian Slagel and the Metal Blade family many years ago, so to come full circle at this point is a real musical home-coming, of sorts. I couldn't be happier about that.

"What thrills me the most is the fact that myself, Chris Broderick, Henry Derek and Matt Bachand all have in common is that from the get-go, we wanted this band to be 100% PURE Heavy Metal! No compromises, no ulterior motives other than making the best HEAVY METAL music we can. Metal Blade shares this vision, which really puts us all on the same page, musically."

Bachand states: "I couldn't be more excited to begin this new adventure with Act Of Defiance. The positive energy that has collected between the four of us in such a little amount of time has been nothing short of incredible. Writing bass lines is something new for me as well, and I am looking forward to the challenge. All the songs are coming together great and I can't wait for the world to hear this."

Derek comments: "I'm extremely honored and excited to be a part of AOD. Everyone has been super cool and supportive, which is always a huge plus. I know this is going to be an awesome musical experience and the fact that I'm embarking on this journey with good people means everything. Cheers."

Brian Slagel further comments: "I am super excited to welcome Act Of Defiance to the Metal Blade family. I have known Chris and Shawn over the years and really admired their work. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians. Really excited to work with all the guys on this exciting new band!"


2/26/2015 10:27:59 AM
They are buttrockers, and yet they have normal American sounding names...

2/26/2015 11:04:57 AM
id rather listen to megadeth, and i dont like megadeth

2/26/2015 12:10:41 PM
they look so metal. could care less how they sound.

2/26/2015 2:32:36 PM
Will be better than anything Megadeth has put out in 20 years probably. Nobody can stand be8ng in a band with Dave's ego.

2/26/2015 3:44:26 PM
After listening to this I now understand how people make statements like "It all starts sounding the same" when speaking about metal. It is not exciting nor is it outstanding. It sounds like I have heard it all before.

2/26/2015 5:50:07 PM
Cool story gayots

2/26/2015 6:28:26 PM
This sounds almost identical to Testament's last album...

2/26/2015 7:10:46 PM
kicked ass! better than super collider, for sure. C'mon, Dave. Rise to the challenge one last time!

2/26/2015 10:20:30 PM
Holy fck is this awful.

2/27/2015 4:23:55 AM
Garbage... The vocals from Scar the Martyr are terrible. He makes an even worse attempt with this band. Bad move on Broderick's part.... Bummer.

2/27/2015 8:27:49 AM
this would have been huge in '92

2/28/2015 1:30:18 AM
This, Black Label Society, Megadeth and all the other shitty leathery old timey hacks can literally go choke on c-cks

2/28/2015 10:02:28 AM
I literally got embarrassed when I read that their name is acts of defiance. I hit the back button, recomposed myself and came back to finish the article. What a terrible, amateurish band name. Any band named acts of defiance belong at a battle of bands held at a Chinese restaurant playing against highschool bands covering blue oyster cult. Not on friggn metal blade. What at terrible terrible name.

2/28/2015 10:17:27 AM
Can you just imagine the conversation to decide on that shit band name???? Four 50 year olds sitting around thinking of a "hip" and "groovy" name. No band called acts of defiance was ever good. I want lambgoat to interview these jerks and ask them to tell the story behind that name. Who the fck are they defying?? Dave mustane??? fcking eye roll They shouldn't be let off the hook for this.